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The Lambert High School Prom Fashion Show
$7805 Nichols Road5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 20
They’ve got the models booked, dresses ready and tuxedos in order. Only a few final touches remain for the Lambert High School advanced fashion marketing class before presenting their second annual Prom Fashion Show on Friday.
"Parents and grandparents all attend the show. It’s a big family show and everyone enjoys it," said student Amanda Bonner.
The 21 girls in Amanda Parsons’ class have been working on the show since October. It’s been an exhilarating process, Parsons said.
"This is what I look forward to at the beginning of each school year," she said.
"It can be overwhelming to delegate the jobs and give control up and to let them make decisions and be in charge of things," she said.
"But I have such a great group of girls in the class, so it makes it easier on me to let them take control of the show. They’re dedicated, they’re excited and they’re passionate about the show and making sure it’s perfect."
There were open auditions for the models. While all 25 boys who auditioned got a spot, just 42 of the 102 girls who auditioned made the final cut.
The girls worked off last year’s theme of "Kill the Lights" based on a Britney Spears song.
This year, the theme will be "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. The four scenes in the show are "Teenage Dream," "It’s a Sweet Life," "Forever Young" and "Candy Paradise."
"We have a promotions committee and [it] has had to go out and get businesses to sponsor us," said student Becca Ciupak.
It’s been difficult asking for sponsorships this year, said student Kensie Attaway, but local merchants have given donations to the event.
"We think we may not be getting many sponsors because of the economy and how everything is going right now," said Attaway, who noted she was "inspired to be in this class after seeing last year’s show."
The three girls were in the model committee, one of four panels assigned for the show. The props, music and promotions committees each had an important role as well, they said.
"The props were a challenge because they had to come up with a lot of good ideas that were creative, that nobody had done before," Bonner said.
"But they’ve done an amazing job. The props look really good. They’re going to make the whole show really come together."
Though prom is still months away, Ciupak said January is the best time to hold the show.
"The prom fashion shows are competitive among the different high schools, and we are the first one," she said.
"Girls start shopping for dresses really, really early," Ciupak said. "I know some girls who got their gown last year, like in the beginning of January."